Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Agenda: NAMI Conference

Each year, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania works hard to offer an annual conference that is not only educational and accredited but also interesting, entertaining and inspiring. This year we take brain research to a new level: one that you need not be a neuroscientist to understand! At the end of conference day, we will all walk away with the information and inspiration to truly appreciate the future of mental illness treatment and recovery. For more information or to register, click here.

The Agenda:

8 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits

8:45 a.m. - Welcome by Christine Michaels, MSHSA, Executive Director, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania

9 a.m. - Opening Remarks "Translational Research in Psychiatry: The Road to Prevention and Recovery" by David A. Lewis, MD, UPMC Professor in Translational Neuroscience, and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director, WPIC

9:30 a.m. - Keynote Address "Accomplishing Scientific Breakthroughs Through Innovative Neuroscience Research" by David A. Baker, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University

10:45 a.m. - Break and Exhibits 

11 a.m. - Morning Plenary "NAMI Southwestern PA Champions New Research Initiatives" by Christine Michaels

11:45 a.m. Luncheon

1 p.m. Afternoon Plenary "Current Trends in Mindfulness Research: Backing Up Practice with Science" by Safdary I. Chaudhary, MD, Founder and Medical Director, S'eclairer

2:15 p.m. - Break and Exhibits

2:30 p.m. - Workshops (Choose one of six) - 1. Understanding Eating Disorders As Serious Mental Illnesses - 2. Ask the Doctor - 3. New Hope for People with OCD - 4. Understanding Suicidal Behavioral in Adolescents - 5. Weight Management through Good Nutrition - 6. Trends, Truths and Treatment about Alcohol and Other Drugs

3:45 - 4 p.m. - Evaluation and Adjournment 

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